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Philip Gibson Hodge
Nov. 9, 1920 - Nov. 11, 2014
Palo Alto, California
Professor Philip G. Hodge Jr., member of the National Academy of Engineering and recipient of numerous awards in his field, died peacefully on Nov. 11, 2014 in Sunnyvale, California, with his daughter and granddaughter by his side. Professor Hodge was a key contributor to plasticity theory and published five books on the subject, several of which were translated into other languages. His research ...

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Douglas Daniel Albert Naylor
March 30, 1944 - Nov. 9, 2014
Port Hueneme, California
Former Palo Alto resident Douglas Daniel Albert Naylor, 70, passed away on Nov. 9, hours after he was struck by a car while crossing Pacific Coast Highway by Big Rock in Malibu. He was born on March 30, 1944, in Keswick, Iowa. After the death of his mother the family moved to their Uncle Tiny's ranch, Naylor & Son's, in Riverside, California when he was 9. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the ag...

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Albin Joseph Slakis
July 5, 1925 - Oct. 30, 2014
Palo Alto, California
Albin "Al" Slakis, a resident of Palo Alto and Mountain View and formerly of Illinois, died on Oct. 30 in Palo Alto, California. He was 89. Al was born on July 5, 1925, in Chicago, Illinois. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a hospital corpsman. Al later graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Food Technology and worked in both the pharmaceutical and food indu...

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Thomas Edwards Kirkbride
Sept. 18, 1931 - Oct. 28, 2014
Menlo Park, California
Thomas Edwards Kirkbride died peacefully at home in the late evening of October 28, after a courageous year battling leukemia. Born in Dover, New Hampshire, he was the only child of Joseph and Dee Kirkbride. He graduated from Quincy (MASS) High School in 1949, and the University of New Hampshire in 1953, with an ROTC commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force in Germany. This w...

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Robert Chilton Calfee
Jan. 26, 1933 - Oct. 24, 2014
Stanford, California
Robert "Bob" C. Calfee died peacefully at the age of 81 in his Stanford home with family at his side. Bob was born in Lexington, Kentucky. He interrupted his studies at UCLA to serve in the U.S. Air Force from 1953 to 1957. He returned to UCLA, earning a B.S., M.A and Ph.D. (1963). His distinguished academic career began at the University of Wisconsin, Madison (1964-1969). From 1969 to 1998, Bo...

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Woodrow C. "Woody" Ersted
June 22, 1917 - Oct. 21, 2014
Palo Alto, California
Woodrow C. ("Woody") Ersted passed away peacefully on Oct. 21, 2014, at the age of 97. Woody was born on June 22, 1917, in Huron, South Dakota. After the South Dakota banking crisis of the mid-1920s, his family moved to Minneapolis. Woody received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1939 and went to work for Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing (now 3M). During W...

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James A. Hildebrand
Jan. 8, 1930 - Oct. 20, 2014
Foster City, California
Jim died peacefully at home while his beloved wife, June, held his hand. He had bravely faced brain cancer. Jim loved his family, traveling, serving the public through his legal work, golf and nature. He was a caring and supportive step-father and grandfather to June's children and grandchildren, and a loving uncle, brother and friend. He loved birds and was proud to help save the butterflies o...

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Pete Hodges
Aug. 14, 1951 - Oct. 20, 2014
Mountain View, California
Pete Hodges passed away on October 20 in Palo Alto due to complications from a stroke. He's survived by his two daughters Erika and Bohdi Hodges, his grandson Logan Hodges and his step-children Dustin Bishop, Angela Wicks and Tony Yazbeck. He's also survived and memorialized by anyone who has a yearning to learn and whomever stands fiercely by their personal moral code. Pete was an explorer, an in...

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Glen Ruffner
Jan. 24, 1919 - Oct. 20, 2014
Redwood City, California
Glen Ruffner was a remarkable, well-loved and much admired man; smart, kind, giving, soft-spoken and a wonderful host of countless parties and celebrations. Glen had what some people might call, "the gift of hospitality." He loved to host gatherings ? bringing people together and watching them enjoy each other?s company with conversation, laughter, food and drinks. Sometimes to celebrate som...

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David S. Nivison
Jan. 17, 1923 - Oct. 16, 2014
Los Altos, California
David S. Nivison, 91 years old, and a resident of Los Altos, California since 1952, died Oct. 16, 2014 at home. His neighbors had recently honored him as the ?Mayor of Russell Ave., in recognition of 62 years of distinguished living? on that street. He was born January 17, 1923 in Farmingdale, Maine. In 1944 he married Cornelia (Green), who died in 2008. He was the loving father of Louise Mc...

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Lena Levinson
June 21, 1912 - Oct. 14, 2014
Palo Alto, California
Lena Levinson passed away Tuesday, Oct. 14, at the age of 102, at her residence in Palo Alto. She died peacefully in her sleep. Lena was born and raised in Chicago. She graduated from the Mount Sinai Hospital School of Nursing, and served as a U.S. Army Nurse in the Pacific Theater in World War II, participating in the New Guinea, Bismark Archipelago and Luzon campaigns. After VJ Day she retur...

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Richard Joseph Kusa
March 1, 1927 - Oct. 5, 2014
Menlo Park, California
It?s with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Richard (Dick) Joseph Kusa on Oct. 5, 2014. Dick was a native of Ohio, born March 1, 1927, in Cleveland, Ohio. He later moved to Menlo Park, California (God?s Country as he would call it). He attended Ohio University and played both baseball and ice hockey. After college he enlisted and served in the Navy. Dick was a loyal family ma...

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Alan Henderson
June 20, 1925 - Sept. 13, 2014
Palo Alto, California
Alan Henderson, former mayor of Palo Alto, World War II veteran, accountant and business manager, died Sept. 13, 2014, of complications related to stroke. He was 89. Paul Alan Henderson, known as Alan, was born in San Francisco on June 20, 1925. He lived in Burlingame with his parents and elder brother Richard until age 6, when his father's insurance company fell victim to the Depression. The f...

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Robert T. Schimke
Oct. 25, 1932 - Sept. 6, 2014
Palo Alto, California
Robert Tod Schimke, Professor of Biology, Emeritus, at Stanford University, died on Sept. 6, 2014, at age 81, following several months of declining health. Born in Spokane, Washington, he received A.B. and M.D. degrees from Stanford University, followed by residency training for two years at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He served in the Public Health Service at the National Institutes of He...

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George Kenneth Butts
May 2, 1921 - Sept. 2, 2014
Mountain View, California
Ken Butts, 93, a Naval Pearl Harbor survivor, died September 2, 2014. Memorial services will be held September 20th at Christ Community Church of Milpitas at 11:00am. He is survived by his daughter and 2 grandchildren....

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George Harmon Knoles
Feb. 20, 1907 - Aug. 27, 2014
Palo Alto, California
George Knoles passed away on Aug. 27 at the age of 107. His last days were peaceful and he enjoyed the visits of many friends. Born and reared in Los Angeles, George was the fifth of the eight children of Tully and Emily Knoles. After receiving B.A. and M.A. degrees from University of Pacific, George earned his Ph.D. from Stanford in 1939. He taught history at Stanford from 1935 until his retir...

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Robert C. Burnes
July 6, 1920 - Aug. 25, 2014
Palo Alto, California
Robert Cameron Burnes died on Monday, Aug. 25, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. Robert (Bob) was born on July 6, 1920, the youngest of eight children of George M. and Dorothy B. (Hartig) Burnes of Minneapolis, Minnesota. A graduate of South High School in Minneapolis, he attended Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, for some time before enlisting in the Air Force in 1942. Fo...

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Daniel H Goodman
Aug. 11, 1916 - Aug. 23, 2014
Menlo Park, California
Daniel H. Goodman, 98, died at his home on August 23, 2014. Dan was born on August 11, 1916, to Samuel and Rae Goodman in El Paso, Texas. After high school, Dan worked at various jobs in El Paso before enlisting in the U.S. Navy in May 1941. He was already on active duty when the United States entered World War II. He rose from seaman to the commissioned rank of Lieutenant JG. Dan married H...

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Bernard Roth
Jan. 21, 1923 - Aug. 23, 2014
Palo Alto, California
Bernie Roth was born to Kalman and Miriam Roth in Brooklyn, New York. Bernie was 91 years old. He married his high school sweetheart, Toby Gartman, and they had a wonderful life together for 70 years. She preceded him in death two years ago. Bernie served in WWII in the Army/Air Force, with the 447 squadron in a B-17 as a bombardier, and flew 80 missions. Upon his return from the war, he manage...

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Stewart Willard Mitchell
Nov. 18, 1924 - July 21, 2014
Lincoln, California
Stewart passed away after a long illness at his home on Monday. He touched so many lives in his 89 years. We will miss him terribly, but we are grateful that he is now rejoicing in His presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Stewart was born in San Francisco. His earliest years were spent in San Bruno, after which his family moved to Belmont. He graduated from Sequoia High School. After ...

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